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Gay Marriage Advocates Rally For Equality

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Virginia has become the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage.

The ruling meant a lot to a local gay rights group who has made it a Valentine's Day tradition to drop of marriage applications for same sex couples.

That tradition certainly felt different Friday.

With the ruling, it's giving same sex couples in Virginia some hope they may not have had before.

Reverend Robin Gorsline, the president of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia led his 10th annual rally outside of the Circuit Court in downtown Richmond.

"We've always been hopeful," he says. "But when you see your hope getting realized, when you wake up in the morning, or some of us saw it last night, you realize it is happening and it's just a matter of time."

Each year, Gorsline rallies same sex couples outside of local courts and leads them in prayer. Then they all line up and go inside to drop of a marriage application, hoping one day it will be officially accepted.

"It could be [the last year you do this]. It's very much an iffy thing with the courts how fast things will happen. It's possible."

It's not just same sex couples hoping for a change. Many supporters attended the rally to help spread the love on this Valentine's Day.

"It's wonderful," says supporter Bonnie Hockaday. "We're elated. It's great and Virginia is taking the right step."

Some couples say this was the most upbeat rally they've been to in a long time and some say there is a lot of work that still needs to be done.

Shirley Lesser and India Elizabeth Lipton have been together more than 10 years, but haven't been able to get married.

But this Valentine's Day, they have a big reason to celebrate.

"The fact that Virginia is one of the first in the south, to have same sex marriage bans declared unconstitutional is heartwarming, especially for many of us who have worked on this for many many years."

For Shirley and India, they also say it's of matter of time until they can complete their family.

"I just really can't wait until my wife and adopt my son."

 

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